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Twenty-Four Elders (Revelation 4.4)

"Surrounding the throne were twenty four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads." (Revelation 4.4)✞

Crowns on Their Heads

Twenty-Four Elders in WhiteRevelation's "twenty-four elders" in Heaven are seen dressed in white or literally glowing white, "a color without a hue" or a mixture of all the colors in the spectrum. White represented purity and wearing crowns of gold upon their heads represented their eminence as the twenty-four leading elders in the courts of heaven. They then cast their crowns before the throne of God, which is the seat of government and worshipped and praised continuously. They brought the people's prayers to God and one even encourages John of Patmos the writer of the Book of Revelation when he is sad. Revelation 5.4-5 explains, "I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'"

Dressed in White

LightningThere are indications of the elders in council in heaven in other places in the Bible. At the Creation in Genesis 3.22, "the Lord God said, 'The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil.'" "One of us" may suggest a council of elders speaking with God or it may be a reference to the Trinity in Heaven. Isaiah 24.23b fuels this intriguing concept further when the prophet writes, "For the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders - with great glory."

"Twenty-Four Elders"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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